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Un-humped Bull
Acc no - V.S. 1539/234
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bull has been crafted with great sensitivity, and the vigour and power of the bull, so vital to agriculture and transport, are shown with affection. The contours of the body, the broad, forehead, and the manner in which the eyes and nostrils have been delineated make the piece a superb portrayal of the animal with all its majesty.

History of the Object
Terracotta bull figurines are commonly found at the larger urban centres and smaller settlements of the Harappan culture. Among the livestock, depictions of the bull on seals or figurines have always been done very artistically. This terracotta bull figurine is entirely handmade. Probably a knife may have been used to shape parts of the body and its minute details after which a thin cream slip was put over the entire figurine. A garland or plaited rope appears to have been placed around the neck of the bull.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Terracotta  
Measurements
16 x 6 x 8 cm  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Mohenjodaro 
Geography
India 
Time period
BCE 27th century ~ BCE 26th century 
Creation date
2700 B.C.E. 
Function
 
Acquisition
 
Copyright
National Museum-New Delhi 
Acknowledgements
National Museum-New Delhi 
Owner
National Museum-New Delhi 
Museum
National Museum-New Delhi 
Credit line
National Museum-New Delhi 

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